Devotion – “Belonging to the Beloved”
“Before the world was I longed for Thee
I longed for Thee and Thou for Me
When two burning desires come together
Then is Love perfected”
Mechthild of Magdeburg
Devotion is the the fragrance of a burning desire for Union with the Beloved. I speak here not of a relationship with a Deity or Teacher or Transcendent spirit outside of yourself but of the very Essence of your Being within the very temple of your body – the One known as the Inner Beloved.
In the poem above the mystic Mechthild of Magdeburg receives this transmission from the Divine who is on fire for union with Her. What we are seeking is ardently seeking us and all of this alchemy is happening within us – with each breath we breathe in this Divine Passion which is here now – in this moment, in this place, at this time. It is this hunger and this longing that feeds the fires of Consummation in a field of Love.
“Devotion is the divine steaming through you
From that place in you before time.
Love’s energy flows through your body,
Toward a body, and into eternity again.
Surrender to this current of Devotion
And become one with the Body of Love”
Devotion is falling in Love with That Unspeakable Truth as the True Beloved of the Heart – it is forged in a fire that burns away your stories of limitation, your vain self images and the masks of your false identity. Sometimes we have to have suffered enough to reach this place, where the suffocating constraints of a limited identity forces you into the arms of this Infinite space of Love.
This dedication to the Holy Beloved is not a discipline but a soft fine tuned attention that flows with joy and a quiet bliss. The child of this Sacred Union is pure spontaneity. Life is lived as a sacrament – every action transmitting the beauty and love of this inner union. This is true reverence and true freedom.
When you embody devotion in this way and at this primal level you are no longer a person but a Living Library of Love – you are the vehicle for the transmission of Truth. Through your Presence the elixir of all the Sacred texts can be read all the Treasures of the Heart Revealed. You are the Radiance of Love this suffering world has been waiting for.
“Through your Presence the elixir of all Sacred texts can be read
….all the Treasures of the Heart revealed”
The Teachings of the Scarlet Sutra is dedicated to the Red Goddess Lalita, Sophia, Mary Magdalene, the 64 Yoginis and The Red Priestesses from all Traditions throughout the Ages.
Lorin Roche – The Radiance Sutras (his beautiful interpretation of the Vijnanabairava Tantra) Published by Sounds True 2014
Carol Lee Flinders (quote from Mechtild of Magdeburg) Enduring Grace – Audible Sounds True